Death Valley holds the record for the greatest temperature ever taped on the planet: 134 degrees in 1913, according to Guinness World Records. That reading has been challenged, however.
Ever since, a 129-degree reading was tape-recorded in Death Valley in 2013. The reading comes in the middle of an impressive heat wave that continues to grip most of the southwestern U.S. Multiple day-to-day heat records were set Saturday. The National Weather Service reported a high of 112 in Woodland Hills, climaxing of 108 set in 1977, and a high of 92 at UCLA, climaxing of 90 embeded in 2003. Downtown Los Angeles hit 98 degrees, tying a record embeded in 1994.
Temperatures in Death Valley escalated to a blistering 130 degrees on Sunday– perhaps the highest mercury reading on Earth since 1913. If the National Weather Services recording is appropriate, it would also be among the top-three greatest temperature levels to have ever been measured in Death Valley, as well as the greatest temperature ever seen there throughout the month of August. The temperature level in Death Valley struck 130 degrees at 3:41 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said in a tweet.